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Hi I'm David

I just graduated high school. I'm about to go on a mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing, read books, and learn about the universe. I spend a lot of time playing board games with my family, and I'm pretty good at Super Smash Brothers. I recently graduated from high school, where I was in a debate team and a math club. I've been called to go on a mission to Brazil, for which I eagerly prepare.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, but I don't remember being particularly fond of it during my childhood because it was too orderly. As I grew, I didn't want to be that religious bigot that continues a ridiculous faith (although, to my logical inquisition, the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are completely logically consistent) because he was too lazy to question his parents, so sometime in my early high school years I read the Book of Mormon, and I asked God if it was true. The Holy Ghost whispered to my mind that it is true, with a voice so piercing that I cannot deny the truth of the church. I am fairly good at tracking my mind's own processes, and I am certain that this was not a voice generated by my own mind to justify my belief. This was a divine witness in a divine, inexplicable way that granted me knowledge of the truth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. This was also not a solitary occurrence. I have felt the Holy Ghost many times and for many different reasons. Even disregarding the Holy Ghost, however, I have sufficient reason to believe. Since I was a little child, I had a habit of praying for help, and I have seen these prayers answered. When I lose my shoes I pray and I quickly find them. When I cannot solve a math problem on my homework I pray and he guides me through solving it. When I was terribly ill right before an important test, I prayed and was healed. When my scout troop was in a valley ten rugged backpacking-miles away from any other people, and we found that the river we were counting on had completely dried up, we prayed and found a convenient hidden spring. Others have seen miracles larger than these, but miracles such as these are enough to convince me that a loving God of miracles is watching over us. I am a mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost and witnessed miracles.

How I live my faith

I pray when I wake up, before breakfast, before lunch (if I remember), before dinner, and before I go to bed. I study the scriptures every day, usually in the evening. I avoid media that objectify women, glorify violence, or otherwise deteriorate morals. I go to church activities, such as three hours of church on Sunday, church choir, and religious classes. I try to empathize with everyone and be a kind person. I keep God's commandments, both large and small, to the best of my capability. My faith helps me become a better person by encouraging me to do good things.

What is being a Mormon like?

David
In some ways, being a Mormon is like being everyone else. I still hang out with friends, I still go to school, and I still have hobbies. Being a mormon comes with some sweet perks that make my life different. I know a lot of really nice people as a result of seeing them at church. I'm comfortable with the unknown difficulties in my future-including death-because I know that God will help me out. Being a Mormon also made me wise; I know what happiness is and where to find it. As a mormon, I also have a little responsibility. People expect me to go to church and church-related activities- which is fine, because they're mostly things that I want to go to myself, and the planning meetings that annoy me are the ones that give me great leadership opportunities that will help me later in life. I also have to obey orders from God such as "don't kill people" and "donate to the poor" and "don't consume addictive substances, such as coffee." Keeping these commandments is pretty easy for me because I associate with people who respect my standards, and I know that only through keeping them can I find happiness. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

David
When God created us, he had a plan in mind for us to become as happy as possible. This plan is based on marriages- a husband and wife creating children- that last even through death. Because children are very important to families, these God-ordained everlasting marriages, called "temple sealings", can only exist between a couple that is capable of independently procreating. They can also only exist between two people of faith who keep God's commandments, including the Law of Chastity that prohibits Mormons from having sex outside of marriage. Same-sex marriages cannot survive death, so they do not lead to joy in the afterlife, so they are unethical. However, that just puts it on the same level of sin as having sex outside of marriage. It is something that our faith cannot allow, but something that we understand can be hard to deal with. We do not hate people who have homosexual tendencies- after all, many of us have struggled with carnal desires to have sex outside of marriage. We love everyone, no matter their sexual tendencies. However, we recognize that instinct must be controlled to form lasting, stable, and happy relationships. If a person with homosexual inclination controls their instincts in order to find happiness and follow God's plan, then they are as good as any other person who controls their instincts in order to find happiness and follow God's plan. If a homosexual fails to control their inclinations, then they are no worse than others who do so. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

David
The church does not endorse political parties. Most Mormons are conservative, but not all are; For example, I am very liberal. Political parties, for better or worse, are a very man-made construct, and a lot of views from both parties are similar to those held by the church. For example, we believe that the United States were formed under God's influence for the sake of blessing his people, which is a view shared more by republicans, and we also believe that we must do what we can to help the poor and the needy, which is a view shared more by democrats. As another example, Salt Lake City, Utah, which many see as the center or Mormonism, is very conservative in its views toward traditional marriage, but also more liberal than most other areas in regards to extending marriage benefits toward non-married romantic partners. The church involves itself in some moral issues by encouraging us to vote within our standards- for example, maintain traditional marriage- but it never mentions other areas like fiscal policy. The church promotes political participation in any or no party, and it encourages us to be kind and respect the views of those in other parties, but it definitely never tells us what parties might be better. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

David
Church is typically split into three "blocks." First is sacrament meeting, which almost everyone goes to. Families sit together, and I can usually hear children screaming or whispering, so it feels comfortable- like, no matter how bad I am at listening to the speakers, I'm still welcome, just like the children. The meeting is lead by the bishop or one of his counsellors. We begin and end with prayers given by church members. We sing hymns and listen to talks given by church members. The person leading the meeting lets people know about church business- who has gotten a new calling, etc.. The highlight of this meeting is partaking of the sacrament. Priests bless small bits of bread and water, and deacons pass it to the congregation. During this time, the people- even children- are extra quiet as they think about the atonement of Jesus Christ. It is customary for visitors to refuse the bread and water, but nothing bad will happen if you take it. After that is Sunday School- different age groups split up and teachers teach about church doctrine. Depending on the teacher (and your listening skills), this can be really great or kind of boring. The third and final block is split by gender as well as age. Each group has their own announcements and business items and a lesson. We love to see visitors at all of these meetings! We have a nursery for those with young children, so basically everyone can attend. If you come, don't be surprised if people try to shake your hand. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

David
After we die, we are rewarded for what we have done and who we have become. God loves us a lot, so the vast majority of all people will go to places too good for us to imagine. Those who follow the teachings of Jesus Christ go to the best heaven, which Mormons call "eternal life." This is where God dwells. There we can live with our families and with God in eternal joy and glory. Show more Show less